Scrambled Basic Needs

Animal Adaptations

Object Type: Interactive

Scrambled Basic Needs

Media: Animal Adaptations

Review the new vocabulary of this video chapter (habitat, environment, shelter and climate) with this gameshow-like interface. This timed and scored game can set up a healthy competition for team play on a per chapter basis.

In this vocabulary building activity, students are read a clue about the various adaptation types animals use. Review the video "Animal Adaptations" for vocabulary definitions. There is a short informational paragraph at the top of the page that can be helpfulin finding the correct answers. The "Hint:" describes the answer word. Following the "Hint" is a collection of letters that are used by students to spell out the word. Students must spell the word correctly in order to get credit. There is a time limit for each answer, and students can check how much time they have left by looking at the timer at the top of the screen. If the answer is correct, the students earn points and a positive 'ding' sound is made. If the student is incorrect, a 'blip' sounds and the letters return to the bank. If the students get stuck they can click on the SKIP button and the answer will be filled in automatically. Directions can be heard by clicking on the ? at the top of the screen.

This activity can be played whole group, small groups, in pairs, or individually.

  • Whole Class: The students begin by listening to the directions (click on the ?) and thenclick on START to play. Have a student read the paragraph and the Hint: at the top of the screen. The whole class or teams may brainstorm for possible answers. Pick students or assign a team rep to give answers. Have a clicker drag the letters to line and click SUBMIT to check. The class could vote on the right answer. Have a student orally spell the correct answer while others check it. You could also have teams compete using the timer. Assigning students with different jobs can make this fun when the whole class plays together.
  • Understanding the basic needs of animals is important for students. To ensure they understand where to find basic needs in environments, provide the students with pictures of different environments for specific animals. The students can label where each of the animals will find its basic needs.

    Social Studies: Have the students create paragraph or poster describing Needs and Wants so that students better understand the difference since many students may use the terms interchangeably. (HINT: There is also a needs and wants video that you may want to show if your students have difficulty with this concept).